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Gonostegia hirta is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
E. Asia - China, India, Japan, through southeast Asia to Australia.
Sunny stream banks in valleys and weed patches alongside woodlands[
]. Weedy places, thickets by ditches and rice fields at elevations of 100 - 1000, occasionally to 2700 metres[
The plant can be monoecious or dioecious[
The plant s depurative and febrifuge[
]. The roots, the leaves or the whole plant can be used[
]. They are used to treat boils and abscesses, abdominal cramps in females and leucorrhoea[
]. They are also used to treat bone dislocations and fractures[